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March is packed with star-studded new Apple TV+ shows


March is packed with star-studded new Apple TV+ shows
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jared Leto, Anne Hathaway and Samuel L. Jackson all appear in new series on Apple TV+ in March.
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Apple TV+ subscribers have a lot to look forward to in March. A series starring the great Samuel L. Jackson will premiere this month, plus Jared Leto and Anne Hathaway have their own series.

In addition, Snoopy is back on Apple TV+, while Dear… includes a roster of celebes, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jane Fonda, Viola Davis and more.

Dear… returns with more gut-wrenching stories to inspire you [Apple TV+ review]


Dear... review Apple TV+ season 2: High-minded celebrities like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar get the celebration they deserve in this Apple TV+ series.
Righteous celebrities like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar get the celebration they deserve in this inspiring series.
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Dear…, the Apple TV+ show about the public figures who inspire millions, returns for a second season Friday with a new roster of guest stars and a renewed purpose.

The filmed segments — during which we see people who write letters to the inspirational celebrities, as well as the celebs themselves — look splashier this time. The stories prove more gut-wrenching, and Lin-Manuel Miranda is nowhere in sight.

This show’s setup is an easy layup, but sometimes there’s satisfaction in that.

The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, Slow Horses and more fill Apple TV+ lineup with stars


‘The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey’ on Apple TV Plus
The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey is just one of many series about to launch on Apple TV+.
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The amazing Samuel L. Jackson will star in The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey when it premieres on Apple TV+ in March. A new trailer gives an advance look at a series that’s sure to be both uplifting and heartbreaking.

Apple’s streaming service also revealed on Friday that the espionage series Slow Horses starring Gary Oldman will debut in April.

In addition, Apple TV+ gave the launch date for more shows coming this spring — all filled with celebrities.

Apple TV+ bags awards for The Oprah Conversation and 1971


Oprah Winfrey interviews thought leaders in an Apple TV+ series debuting Thursday, July 30. ‘The Oprah Conversation’ hits Apple TV+ this week.
Oprah Winfrey interviews thought leaders in an Apple TV+ series debuting Thursday, July 30.
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Apple TV+ scored two wins and two nominations in the third annual Critics Choice Real TV Awards, announced Monday.

The Critics Choice Association – better known for the Critics Choice Awards — and the nonfiction producers’ organization NPACT present the honors. The awards recognize excellence in nonfiction, unscripted and reality programming across broadcast, cable and streaming platforms.

Selena Gomez, Jane Fonda will be profiled in Dear… season 2 on Apple TV+


‘Dear…’ season two was green lit by Apple TV+
Dear… has been renewed for a second season and will highlight the lives of 10 more celebrities.
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A second season of the documentary series Dear… will take a look at the lives and careers of more actors, musicians and athletes like Viola Davis, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and 8 more. It was approved on Friday, and is set to premiere later in 2021 on Apple TV+.

Dear… is a timely reminder that we can do better [Apple TV+ review]


Oprah Winfrey reads a letter from a fan in Apple TV+ show Dear...
One episode of Dear... focuses on Oprah Winfrey.
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So far, the Apple TV+ shows affiliated with Oprah Winfrey (or approved by her) represent some of the streaming service’s safest offerings. And her spirit, to say nothing of her face, is all over the inspiring series Dear…

Each episode focuses on a single celebrity and the moving fan letters they receive highlighting the star’s impact on regular people. A such, it takes the form of part-biography, part-tribute to its famous subjects.

Dear… certainly does not stand out as one of the most hard-hitting journalistic exercises you’ll see. But as puff pieces go, the episodes prove both persuasive and reasonably inspiring. The show plays like a MasterClass with lessons about community building and standing up for yourself.

Apple TV+ series Dear… looks at ‘game-changing icons’ and the people they’ve inspired


Dear... Apple TV+
Starring Oprah Winfrey, Spike Lee, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and, err, Big Bird.
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Dear…, a 10-episode docuseries profiling the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Gloria Steinem, Spike Lee, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Big Bird (!), and others, has debuted on Apple TV+. The show focuses on telling the story of “game-changing icons” and how they have inspired individuals around the world.

All 10 episodes are available to watch today, rather than the one-episode-per-week rollout Apple employs for its top drama series. The executive producer of Dear… is Emmy and Peabody Award-winner R.J. Cutler of The September Issue documentary fame.